Via ACM TechNews, in an interview with InfoWorld, Tim Bray, inventor of XML, discusses the future of open source as a business model, the origin and successes of XML, and the growth and impact of the blogosphere. He thinks the end is near for closed source and software business will sustain itself through subscription support models, and he mentions that there's no money in selling IDEs given that there are three excellent IDEs out there now for free. In his experiences, bloggers are much more accessible than the authors of formal publications and while inaccuracies are bound to occur in both formats, the record is more likely to be corrected in the blogosphere, and quicker too. Curiously, Tim ends the discussion with a hint that Sun JVMs are soon to support scripting languages like Python.

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